Thursday’s quiz

1. Who said: Doubt thou the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move. Doubt truth to be a liar, But never doubt I love.? And since it’s probably an easy guess, from which work does it come?

2. Who was Valentine and why is the celebration on February 14 named after him?

3. It’s cadeau in French regalo in Italian and Spanish and koha in Maori, what is it in English?

4. By what name is dianthus caryophyllus more commonly known?

5. Valentine’s Day is . . .?

6 Responses to Thursday’s quiz

  1. Andrei says:

    (1) That is from Hamlet by William Shakespeare,specifically it is from a letter to Ophelia from the eponymous Hamlet but spoken by Polonius who reads it to Hamlet’s mother

    (2) St Valentine was a priest martyred in Rome in the early days of Christianity

    (3) Present – i.e gift

    (4) Darnation I think its Carnation

    (5) It is little T’s birthday – she’ll be 19 this coming Saturday.

    Apart from that it is commercial hocus pocus


  2. Polonius read the words aloud, but did he say it? Repeated it, yes but does saying something fall to the person who composed the thoughts in his or her head, rather than a passer-on of those words? In any case, Hamlet didn’t say those words, he wrote them, though he may have spoken the words allowed as he scratched away with his quill. That said, those characters are just … characters, in a play written by William Shakespeare, so he presumably said it, unless we accept that he wrote rather than vocalised. Of course there is much debate over who or what Shakespeare realy was so pinning down who said it becomes a very difficult task in light of all these variables and so, Andrei, you see why I don’t generally take part in these quizzes. Too difficult by far!
    As for the other questions…


  3. So I guess it was the actor playing the part of Polonius…


  4. Willdwan says:

    2.An unfortunate who was used as target practice for archery. Probably the arrows remind people of Cupid. (that may be nonsense)
    3. Present.
    4. Mrs D. says carnation.
    5. A crock. Mrs D. says otherwise…have been warned.


  5. alwyn says:

    1. It is from Hamlet by William Shakespeare.
    2. He was an early Saint, but what he has to do with the date is beyond me.
    3. A present.
    4. Is that a carnation?
    5. Precisely nothing, says this decidedly non-romantic.
    I regard it as like Father’s day. An invention of the retailers to try and make people spend money.


  6. J Bloggs says:

    1) Shakespeare – Hamlet
    2) One of the various martyrs that were canonised by the RC church – as to why the 14th of Feb – pass
    3) Gift
    4) Carnation
    5) is yet another commercial hijacking


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